Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Gerald F. Else, Plato and Aristotle on Poetry

Else, Gerald F. (Fellow, 1978-79)

Burian, Peter, ed.

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986

From the publisher's description:

This book is a guide to the poetics of the two Greek fountainheads of Western literary theory. Part I traces the development of Plato's great themes of inspiration and imitation but makes no attempt to reduce his disparate statements to a system. Part II demonstrates that Aristotle's Poetics embodies a powerful theory of literature that answers Plato's objections to poetry as an emotionally powerful, and therefore dangerous, communication of false opinion.

Subjects: Classics; Philosophy; Literature;; Poetry; Poetics;